Italian customs impound Snoop Dogg’s money

Italian finance police seize US rapper Snoop Dogg’s $442,000

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Rapper Snoop Dogg performs in Uppsala, Sweden

One of the most sensational US rappers, Snoop Dogg, was stopped by Italian customs police at the Lamezia Terme airport in the southern city of Calabria, on Saturday, and seized $422,000 (€384,000) of cash found on him.

The 43-year-old rap star said the cash was about their own band with whom that they are going to perform for concert in Italy and elsewhere, CNN reported.

Italian police also will also make an investigation into about how the payment of concert was carried out fulfilled.

It is illegal to carry more than €10,000 without declaration across European Union (EU) borders.

According to The Local, $205,933 was seized by customs police because as it was breaking anti-money laundering codes.

Andrea Parisi, the lawyer of the singer, was cited by Reuters saying that they had done nothing illegal.

"We clarified everything from a legal point of view. The money came from concerts he had performed around Europe. There was no crime; it was just an administrative infraction," Parisi said.

Snoop Dogg, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, was also arrested by police in late July in the Swedish university town of Uppsala, north of Stockholm, for using narcotic drugs.

After his arrest, Snoop Dogg went through a urine test. If results comes positive, Snoop Dogg could be faced with a criminal charge.

Following his detention, Snoop Dogg posted a tweet on his personal account saying that he will never come to Sweden again.

After the concert, Snoop Dogg left Italy to give another concert at the Kendal Calling festival in northern England on Sunday.

TRTWorld and agencies